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Sick of crawling behind your PC to plug in those pink and green Skype headset connectors?

Some computers only have sound connectors on the back.

Bummer.

Not only is it a pain, but then your PC speakers are unplugged too.

So it is back to the floor again behind yer dusty desk.

You can fix this hassle in five minutes or less for about a buck.

Just use an audio 3.5mm stereo extension cord for the microphone and plug the headphone into the PC speaker.

This makes using Skype, Yahoo Voice, Google Talk, and other services easier.

That is all there is to it.

The rest of this Instructable is just step by step photos.
 
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Step 3: Jack In

Plug your headset into the headphone jack on the front of your PC speaker.

Your PC speaker will be temporarily switched off while the headset is plugged in.

The volume knob will now control your headset.

Plug the pink microphone connector into the audio extension cord.

Remember to completely unplug your headset after use. Otherwise your speakers will not work.

Or if you unplug the headphone, but leave the mic in, you may hear feedback or other noise.

This is a barebones idea with plenty of room for upgrades and cool hacks.

Please post your friendly comments, ideas, and links to your improved version.
PCfreak4 years ago
or u could just use a desk top mic and a pair of spkrs
Sowee5 years ago
I just think that using a stereo cable with a mono Mic will result in a lot of interference.
PSPerson Sowee4 years ago
actually, they are "Backwards" compatible. the tips and sleeves line up and the ring is ignored.
 One thing I have done, and regrettably not posted I have made a set of light up speakers and I used a small pair of battery speakers as the amp for the lights, the only problem was the cord for the light amp was only like 3 inches, so I went to my local "Neighborhood" radioshack, (20 minutes away) and picked up a 3.5 mm headphone jack. in this project you could cut the end off of the extension cord and actually wire it into the base of the speakers, yes it'd be harder and you wouldn't be able to transfer it as easily  but it does make a good clean look

BadPrenup5 years ago
Thanks i asked a question about this and then found this ible right after.
Derin5 years ago
I did this before seeing the Instructable.Great minds think alike.I gave you the rating you deserve(good)
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
I have a built in mic and speakers on my macbook that I use for skype, but on my desktop I added a jack to the back of my speakers
iectyx3c (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Yeah, laptops are easier all around for sure. You added mic jack to the back of the speakers ? Built-in would be cool. As you can see I did not even bother to sit the speaker on top of the extension cord. Ya know it is going to fall behind the desk ending all the convenience I am talking about.
Yeah, built in to the speaker. Maybe I'll make an ible
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Where?
iectyx3c (author)  LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
That is seriously nice. You should make an ible for sure.
Another thing for skype would be a bluetooth headset inside an old cellphone. I'm getting a headset from amazon ($4.99!) and I might try it.